Extinction

What we see versus what we should see.

Humanity's ignorant mistakes with "DIEr" (Dire) consequences.

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Wrappers of Destruction

Palm Oil

Do you see the despair of Orangutans as you eat the Snickers bar? This picture shows how detrimental palm oil is to wildlife. Indonesia's tropical forests (Sumatra and Borneo) are being burned down in order to grow palm trees for palm oil. This is harming Orangutans along with other wildlife. "50,000 orangutans died as a result of palm oil in the last 2 decades." Palm oil is an ingredient found in half of all supermarket products including the candies/crackers used to make this art piece.

The wrappers I used to display on this art piece are; Oreo, Golden Oreo, Nutter Butter, Chips Ahoy Ritz Bitz peanut butter, Ritz Bitz cheese, Twix, Butter Finger, Almond Joy, Snickers, and Milkyway. Of course there are many more products containing palm oil in stores such as in cosmetics, lotion, detergent, frozen pizza, margarine, etc. Please do your part by refusing to eat products containing palm oil and urge companies to stop using palm oil in their products.

What can you do?

1. Don't purchase products that contain palm oil.

2. Support these organizations: Orangutan Alliance, Orangutan Foundation International, The Orangutan Project, Orangutan Information Centre

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Watch this documentary

to learn more!

Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Candy wrappers

Dimensions: 36 in. x 48 in.

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Wire, Paper Mache, Paint

Dimensions: 60 in.  x 24 in. x 36 in. 

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What Was Taken Left Blood

Ivory Trade

Do you see the dying elephant behind the ivory necklace? This picture shows how the ivory trade hugely impacts the lives of hundreds of elephants every day being hunted and killed for their tusks to make ivory trinkets. Do we care more about jewelry and ivory trinkets than we do highly intelligent creatures? Are we that superficial? "An estimated 100 African elephants are brutally slaughtered each day by poachers seeking ivory, meat, and body parts so their population has dropped 62% in the last decade alone and if this continues they will be extinct by 2030." - World Elephant Day (.org) "An estimated 20,000 are killed for their ivory every year" - IFAW

What can you do? 

1. Never buy ivory products

2. Support these organizations: World Wildlife Organization, Elephant Crisis Fund, Wildlife Conservation Network 

Watch these documentaries to learn more!

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The Device of Demolition 

Cellphones and Gorillas

Do you see the pain of the gorillas when you buy your new phone? Our cell phones today contain a mineral in them called Coltan which is mined in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This mining operation impedes native gorilla habitat in the Congo and gorillas are being slaughtered by the miners for bush meat as the area being mined is quite desolate. 

What can you do?

1. Recycle your old phones (https://www.eco-cell.com/) 

2. Try to not buy the latest phone every time an upgraded version becomes available.

3. Support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Wire, Paper Mache, Vinyl, Faux Fur, Paint

Dimensions: 24 in. x 15 in. x 36 in. 

The Heartbeat Behind the Handbag

Leather

Do you see the living, breathing animal behind the leather purse, shoes, jacket etc.?  The goal of this art piece is to show that behind every leather item is a dead cow, as simple as that. We find the skin of an animal as a cool fashion trend, when really it wasn't so "cool" when the animal was being killed for our use. This art piece is made entirely of second hand leather bought at thrift stores. 

What can you do?

1. Buy vegan leather products (look for the PETA approved label) instead of real leather.

2. Don't eat cow meat

Watch these documentaries to learn more!

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Knives, Paint

Dimensions: 18 in. x 24 in.

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: *Leather

Dimensions: 34 in. x  30 in.

*Re-purposed leather from the thrift store.

Bloody Fin

Shark Finning

Do you see the dying shark behind the Shark Fin Soup?  "An estimated 100 million sharks are killed every year." - National Geographic 

Sharks are on their way toward extinction and one of the main reasons sharks are being killed is because of a popular dish in China called Shark Fin Soup. The fins are brutally cut off of the sharks and often times the sharks are thrown back into the ocean to sink and die a painful death.

What can you do?

1. Never buy Shark Fin Soup

2. Make sure your cosmetics and skin care products do not contain shark squalene (liver oil)

3. Support the Shark Allies organization and sign their petitions to help save sharks!

Watch this documentary to learn more!

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The Cruelty Behind Art

Paint Brushes and Mongoose

Do you see the cruelty behind the paintbrush? 100,000 mongoose are killed every year in India. The illegal trade and killing of mongoose to use their hair to make paintbrushes, is the largest threat the endangered species faces today. - Wildlife Trust of India 

What can you do?

1. Never buy paintbrushes made from Mongoose hair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Watch this documentary to learn more!

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Paint Brushes (not made with mongoose hair)

Dimensions: 30 in. x 24 in.

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Wire, Paper Mache, Paint 

Dimensions: 24 in.  x 36 in. x 24 in.

Horns of Gold

Ivory Trade

Do you see the dying rhino behind the bracelet?  Rhinos are under threat of poaching for their horns to make trinkets/jewelry and some people think rhino horns have medical properties (which they do not). Their horns are made of Keratin, the same substance that is found in fingernails and human hair.

What can you do?

1. Never buy products made of rhino horn.

2. Support these organizations: Save The Rhino (savetherhino.org), International Rhino Foundation, Wildhood (wildhood.org)

Read this book and watch this documentary

to learn more!

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Sea Turtle Ghost

Ghost Netting

Do you see the entangled animal behind the fishing net? Ghost netting is when fishing nets are left or lost in the ocean by fishermen. These nets contnue to catch marine life long after they are used. Marine animals such as whales, dolphins, and turtles are often trapped by these fishing nets and die. 

What can you do?

1. If you are a fishermen please recycle your used fishing nets, do not leave the nets in the Ocean.

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Recycled Fishing Net

Canvas Dimensions: 36 on. x 48 in.

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Artist: Jaidacyn Madrigal

Medium: Recycled Fishing Net , Rope

Canvas Dimensions: 60 in.  x 36 in. 

The Last Vaquita

Fishing

Do you see the desperate, dying vaquita behind the fish you eat? "Vaquitas are the most endangered of the worlds mammals. There are less than 30 vaquitas that remain in the wild." - NOAA Fisheries

Vaquitas are on the brink of extinction because they get entangled in gillnets used by fishermen, to illegally catch the (also endangered) totoaba for the totoaba fish swim bladder that is smuggled out of Mexico and sold at a high price for "medicinal" purposes, to people in China. 

What can you do?

1. Never buy totoaba swim bladder.

Watch this documentary

to learn more!

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Take a look at the video below to learn more about the 3D Art Series: "Extinction"